Spring Thaw? ‘Better Days Ahead for Housing’

Home sales likely will remain subdued early on in the year before picking up in the second quarter and then maintaining a brisk pace for the rest of the year.

Housing activity has been bumpy so far. The National Association of REALTORS® reported this week that existing-home sales tumbled to a nine-month low in January.

But economists polled by Reuters are optimistic that a turnaround will occur due to a strengthening job market that is expected to offset some of that drag.

“We expect the housing market to improve this year,” David Nice, an economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago, told Reuters. “It is only a matter of time until the improved jobs market has a positive effect on the housing market. We are betting that first-time buyers return this year.”   Please provide your comments!

Source: “Strong Jobs Market to Spur U.S. Housing in 2015: Reuters Poll,” Reuters (Feb. 24, 2015)